Roque to raise CFR hoax is­sue with PNP chief

Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Harry Roque promised mem­bers of Cebu me­dia that he will ask Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice chief Ron­aldo 'Bato' Dela Rosa to check why po­lice in Re­gion 7 failed to file a case against Cebu Flash Re­port (CFR) on the bomb hoax is­sue la

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To re­call, CFR posted a bomb alarm n Lapu-Lapu City some­time in July 2017 which caused panic and fear among Ce­buanos but was later found out to be a hoax.

The Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice-7 Cy­ber­crime Di­vi­sion has also in­ves­ti­gated the bomb scare and iden­ti­fied the cul­prits, but no case has been filed against CFR un­til now.

"This non-fil­ing of the case against CFR, I will bring this to the at­ten­tion of Gen­eral Bato. I prom­ise," Roque said be­fore mem­bers of the me­dia dur­ing the Mala­cañang Press Brief­ing in Cebu yes­ter­day.

CFR, a Face­book page which re­posts news and pho­to­graphs posted by on­line pages of main­stream me­dia with­out due at­tri­bu­tion, was re­cently at­tacked by some mem­bers of Cebu me­dia.

Roque added that ag­grieved par­ties can file a com­plaint against CFR be­fore the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI), es­pe­cially those in­volv­ing copy­right is­sues.

"The in­ter­net is a phys­i­cal man­i­fes­ta­tion of free mar­ket of ideas. Pero pag may nal­abag na na batas, peo­ple can com­plain ei­ther sa PNP or sa NBI. May pa­ma­ma­raan ma-trace kung saan nag­mula ang un­just in­fringe­ment of copy­right," Roque fur­ther said.

Mean­while, Roque an­nounced the re­cent im­proved rank­ing of the Philip­pines in the 2018 Hen­ley Pass­port In­dex.

Roque said that the coun­try has im­proved its rank­ing from 75th to 72nd.

"This means all hold­ers of Philip­pine pass­ports now en­joy visa-free ac­cess to 63 coun­tries," said Roque.

Roque ex­plained that the said in­dex is a global rank­ing of all the pass­ports based on the num­ber of coun­tries that the pass­port holder can ac­cess visa-free which was re­leased by Hen­ley and Part­ners, the global leader in res­i­dence and plan­ning.

Roque as­sured ev­ery­one that the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs (DFA) will con­tinue to work to­wards se­cur­ing visa-free ac­cess of Filipinos to more coun­tries.

As to the con­tin­ued back­logs on pass­port ap­point­ments by the DFA, Roque said that the gov­ern­ment is ex­ert­ing ef­forts to im­prove the process of pass­port ap­pli­ca­tions.

Roque said the Philip­pine pass­port with ten-year va­lid­ity was launched the other day by the DFA, which is plan­ning sev­eral im­prove­ments on its pass­port sys­tem to make it more con­ve­nient for the public.

He added that the DFA also plans to de­ploy four 'Pass­port­ing on Wheels' ve­hi­cles start­ing this month to de­con­gest the con­sular of­fices in Manila.

DFA, Roque said, will con­tinue to de­ploy Mo­bile Pass­port­ing Ser­vices in key lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide.

He fur­ther said that DFA is now work­ing to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an ePay­ment Sys­tem and a strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of the cour­tesy lane for those who are en­ti­tled by law such as se­nior cit­i­zens, per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties, mi­nors and preg­nant women.

On the bid of the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion to get rid of cor­rup­tion, Roque said President Ro­drigo Duterte will soon an­nounce the gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and po­lice gen­er­als who will be fired.

Roque did not re­veal the names but as­sured the an­nounce­ment will be made soon as the de­ci­sion has al­ready been made.

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